- Pill Popper #16
- Roe Peach #14
- Hares Ear Jig Pink #16
- Balanced Leech Black #10
- Sprout Midge Black #18
Beginning about 20 miles from Bozeman, at the confluence of the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson rivers, the famous Missouri River starts at Headwaters State Park outside of Three Forks, Montana. Here it begins the long journey northward. For the first 18 miles, the grade is fairly flat, not the typical tail-water fishery we most commonly think of when picturing the Missouri River. This upper stretch of the river is home to some very large Trout, Carp, and in some spots even Northern Pike. Although there can be, at times, good trout fishing in this area, the fish numbers are not considered outstanding. This is however a popular stretch of river for those interested in sight fishing for Carp.
The Missouri River then heads downstream well over 100 miles and through several lakes and dams before it reaches the outlet of Holter Lake near the town of Craig, Montana. Here, the river is known as a serious tailwater trout fishery, boasting thousands of fish per mile. Don’t be fooled by that statistic though as the Missouri River in Craig doesn’t simply hand over big trout to anyone that wets a line; she’ll make you work for them. At times the fishing in Craig can be as technical as any spring creek you’ll find. With the daily hatch creating a cloud effect and tiny bugs covering the surface of the water, trying to convince any trout to eat your specific fly can be difficult, to say the least. That being said, there are plenty of days, when the stars and the moon align, and the fish will eat a well presented fly with reckless abandon. Those are the days we live for. Downstream from Craig, the fish numbers drop a bit as the river move’s its way towards Great Falls. Once the river hits Great Falls, the trout fishing stretch is considered to be mostly over.
From it’s headwaters in Three Forks, Montana, northward to Great Falls, Montana, the Missouri river covers 198 river miles, just 8% of its complete 2,341 mile journey to the Mississippi River.
It's fall, and the temperatures are dropping...but the streamer action is hot. In the spirit of streamer junkies everywhere, we've decided to highlight one of our favorite ways to fish for an entire week.
WHAT: It's STREAMER WEEK, a six-day streamerpalooza at both of our stores. We've got a lot of great stuff lined up, such as:
Interested in learning to tie your own flies? Join The River's Edge this fall for a three-week Beginner Fly Tying Class. We’ll cover basic tools and techniques along with a handful of simple, reliable patterns to get you started on your own fly-tying journey.
After working in the shop the past two summers, as well as instructing some of our Fly Fishing Classes, I’ve gotten to interact with tons of new anglers who are just getting started. One of the biggest takeaways I’ve found from these interactions, is that people are really intimidated by the knowledge surrounding fly fishing, specifically knots and different rigs.
Perhaps one of the most helpful, time-saving tools/gear I’ve ever come across is the tippet ring. Many of you have probably already heard of them, but with how much it has helped clients and customers, I feel the need to reintroduce.